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#23853 - 07/01/09 12:42 PM Wed 07/01/09 National Park News
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Big Bend National Park News:
Beauty of the Big Bend National Park, Texas
Big Bend is one of the world's last frontiers, a relatively untouched corner of the American West
Named for a deep sweep in the Rio Grande River that divides the United States and Mexico, the Big Bend country of West Texas is a land of striking beauty...
http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=990928&lang=eng_news
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Glacier National Park News:
Free Weekends in Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park will offer three “Fee Free” weekends this summer as part of a National Park Service (NPS) program to encourage visits to national parks this summer.
http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/free_weekends_in_glacier_national_park/11427/
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Grand Canyon National Park News:
Grand Canyon reviewing train operations
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. - Officials at Grand Canyon National Park are evaluating train operations at the park.
http://ktar.com/?nid=6&sid=1184400
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Grand Teton National Park News:
Postal Service unveils Grand Teton stamp
The U.S. Postal Service is unveiling a new 98-cent international postage stamp featuring Grand Teton National Park.
http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2009/06/30/news/wyoming/23-teton.txt
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Camping at the Elkmont campground
The Elkmont campground is located 8 miles away from Gatlinburg, TN entrance to the park on Newfound Gap Road. Since the Tennessee side of the park is the most visited side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Elkmont is a highly visited campground with 220 total sites.
http://www.examiner.com/x-14485-Great-Sm...mont-campground
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Misc. National Park News:
Feds may take possession of some California parks, if they close
The federal government is threatening to take possession of several of California's most prominent state parks — including Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, the top of Mount Diablo and four miles of beaches at Fort Ord Dunes near Monterey — if Sacramento lawmakers close them to balance the budget.
http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_12727075
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Gem Lake may be one of the smallest lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park, but it's definitely worth a visit. Because it's one of the shorter hiking trails in the park, it can be a busy trail, even on weekdays.
http://www.examiner.com/x-2520-Denver-Hiking-Examiner~y2009m6d30-Family-hike-Gem-Lake

Wolverine possibly spotted in Rocky Mountain National Park
Animal would be first of its kind in park since it was established in 1915
http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20090630/LOVELAND01/90630004

Region’s Air Quality Is Wanting
Mercury, Ozone, Nitrogen of Concern
SILVERTON – A recent booklet released by the Silverton-based Mountain Studies Institute suggests that air quality in the eastern Four Corners region may be worse than we realize.
http://www.telluridewatch.com/pages/full...ies_left_column

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#23854 - 07/01/09 02:09 PM Re: Wed 07/01/09 National Park News [Re: James Morrissey]
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Registered: 02/19/05
Loc: Montana
And the free shuttles over Logan started today!


Edited by James Morrissey (07/01/09 07:42 PM)

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#23855 - 07/02/09 09:08 PM Thurs 07/02/09 National Park News [Re: Tony Bynum]
James Morrissey Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Denali National Park News:
Union for 16 Denali workers continues to negotiate
The union that represents 16 bus mechanics, radio technicians and warehouse workers at Denali National Park continues to try and work out an agreement instead of going on strike ahead of the busy holiday weekend.
http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?S=10627428

Scientists discover track of soaring prehistoric creature
While hiking a hillside in Denali National Park last July, Steve Hasiotis bent down and picked up a rock. Its curious shape, like a plaster cast of a giant bird track, made him ponder the rock for a second before handing it to Tony Fiorillo.
http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/070109/out_457427936.shtml

Nepali Sherpa trains on Mount McKinley
The glacial flanks of Mount McKinley is an odd place to find an international exchange program.
http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?S=10623359
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Everglades National Park News:
FWC: Facts about the Burmese python
The Division of Habitat and Species Conservation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provided the "Talking Points" about the Burmese python:
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20090...-Burmese-python
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Misc. National Park News:
Grants, land at risk if California parks close
California could lose millions of dollars in federal grants and the National Park Service could seize land in six parks, including Angel Island, if the state goes through with a proposal to close 219 state parks, officials said Wednesday.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/01/MNJP18HC0N.DTL&type=science

Stake a claim to a cheap campsite at national parks
Carla and Jim Boerman of Walworth, N.Y., have been campers for nearly two decades, starting when their twin daughters, who are now in college, were just 18 months old.
http://www.cleveland.com/travel/index.ssf/2009/07/stake_a_claim_to_a_cheap_camps.html
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Mount Rainier National Park News:
Ranger rescued after 40 foot fall at Mt. Rainier
An injured climbing ranger has been airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after falling into a crevasse while skiing from the summit.
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=184900

Park staff looking at effect of human visitors on wildlife
Wild animals eating human food was an issue at Mount Rainier National Park last season. Park staff is hoping to keep it from becoming an issue this year.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/adventure/outdoors/story/797827.html
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Saguaro National Park News:
Saguaro Park West offers series of special programs
Saguaro National Park is offering a series of special programs that will explore the natural and cultural history of the park.
http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/299139
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#23856 - 07/04/09 05:18 PM Sat 7/4/09 National Park News [Re: James Morrissey]
James Morrissey Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Mesa Verde National Park News:
House approves park visitors center for Mesa Verde
The proposed visitor and curatorial center at Mesa Verde National Park stands to receive $22 million under a funding bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
http://durangoherald.com/sections/News/2...for_Mesa_Verde/
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Misc. National Park News:
National Park Service Threatens Takeover of 6 Calif. Parks
The National Park Service is warning that it might take over six California state parks if they are closed under a proposal from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for addressing severe state budget shortfalls.
http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2009/07/02/...of-6-98645.html
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial News:
Rushmore fireworks launch despite clouds
Fog blanked the annual fireworks extravaganza Friday night at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2009/07/04/news/top/doc4a4e7216b23a8305156446.txt
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Yosemite National Park News:
Current Yosemite National Park Fire Activity Update
Yosemite National Park, CA.....Yosemite Fire Update #17, July 3, 2009....Trail closures have been implemented on the Harden Fire for public safety. The closures are the Smith Meadow to White Wolf and Aspen Valley to White Wolf.
http://thepinetree.net/index.php?module=announce&ANN_user_op=view&ANN_id=12481
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Zion National Park News:
Propane leak in Zion National Park sends man to hospital
A propane leak at the Zion Lodge in southern Utah's Zion National Park sent one man to the hospital and led to an evacuation of the area near Springdale.
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_12741247
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#23857 - 07/06/09 07:22 PM Mon 7/6/09 National Park News [Re: James Morrissey]
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Acadia National Park News:
On vacation, rediscover the bliss of disconnecting (Personal Interest Story)
Summer has arrived, and soon I'll be in Maine, sailing across Frenchman Bay, hiking up Cadillac Mountain. Maine, as the billboard boasts, is "the way life should be." The claim may be vaulting, but the sentiment fits a state whose license plates long proclaimed "Vacationland."
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/currents/...connecting.html
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Denali National Park News:
Diving over Mount McKinley (Personal Interest Story)
At 20,320 feet, Mount McKinley looms over everything in the 600-mile-long Alaska Range. Last week, Columbia residents Tom Smith, Jim Lee and Lance Wood set out to be among the first ever to skydive over it.
http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2009/jul/05/diving-over-mount-mckinley/

Scientists discover track of soaring prehistoric creature
While hiking a hillside in Denali National Park last July, Steve Hasiotis bent down and picked up a rock. Its curious shape, like a plaster cast of a giant bird track, made him ponder the rock for a second before handing it to Tony Fiorillo. Fiorillo looked at it and confirmed they had found a missing piece of Alaska during the time of the dinosaurs.
http://www.adn.com/life/alaskana/story/853634.html

Denali National Park buses break down as mechanics strike continues
Striking union members say at least eight tourist buses have broken down over the weekend at Denali National Park.
http://newsminer.com/news/2009/jul/05/denali-national-park-buses-break-down-mechanics-st/
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Grand Canyon National Park News:
Hike Grand Canyon with caution, respect (Personal Interest)
Frank Poole worked out at a gym and hiked around his Mississippi home carrying a weighted pack for months in preparation for his trip to the Grand Canyon.
http://www.cleveland.com/travel/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living-2/1246609810254460.xml&coll=2
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Behind the beauty, a war against invaders
Alien species – insects, hogs, even rainbow trout – threaten the natives
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/local/story/817043.html
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Thrifty Campers Flocking To Rocky Mountain Park
Visitor numbers at Rocky Mountain National Park were up 23 percent in May compared with a year earlier, and the economy may be a factor
http://cbs4denver.com/wireapbusinessco/Thrifty.visitors.fill.2.1070282.html
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Yosemite National Park News:
Yosemite National Park Current Fire Acitvity Update for July 5th, 2009
Yosemite National Park, CA....While thousands of visitors came to experience the beauty of Yosemite National Park on July 4, fire personnel continued to manage the Grouse and Harden fires in the Park. The Grouse Fire is located three miles southwest of Yosemite Valley and north of Glacier Point Road. The Grouse Fire is 2,300 acres and 50 percent contained. The Harden Fire on the north side of the park, west of Harden Lake and northwest of White Wolf is currently 1,594 acres and 75 percent contained.....
http://thepinetree.net/index.php?module=announce&ANN_user_op=view&ANN_id=12500

Fire temporarily closes Yosemite trails, roads
Two lightning-caused fires in Yosemite National Park have forced temporary closures of trails and roads, park authorities said today.
http://www.fresnobee.com/updates/story/1515494.html
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#23858 - 07/07/09 07:42 AM Re: Mon 7/6/09 National Park News [Re: James Morrissey]
DavidRamey Offline
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Registered: 01/05/06
Loc: Alaska
"Denali National Park News:
Union for 16 Denali workers continues to negotiate
The union that represents 16 bus mechanics, radio technicians and warehouse workers at Denali National Park continues to try and work out an agreement instead of going on strike ahead of the busy holiday weekend."

What a bunch of BS. They went out on Strike BEFORE the weekend. They were striking on June 30. They should all be fired. There were NO buses breaking down as the Feds are sending the buses outside of the Park to be worked on. these Mechanics had since last year to get a contract and they wait until tourist season this year to go on strike. The tourists are not being hurt by this strike and neither is the Park. If they don't want to work, fire them and hire somebody who does want to work. Union Mechanics are the lowest paid Mechanics on the Planet and I could never figure out why they would vote a Union in and lower their pay.
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#23859 - 07/08/09 09:06 PM Re: Mon 7/6/09 National Park News [Re: DavidRamey]
James Morrissey Offline
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Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Hey David,

Thanks for the info. It is good to have someone around who knows first hand what is happening in the parks.

James
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#23860 - 07/08/09 09:26 PM Wed 07/08/09 National Park News [Re: James Morrissey]
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Acadia National Park News:
Acadia Park Cracks Down on Rock Thieves
Bill Weidner, a ranger at Acadia National Park, can spot them immediately: lumbering up from the shoreline, backpacks weighed down by cobblestones; popping out of the woods with bulging pockets or, in egregious cases, tossing slabs of granite into minivans ready to peel away at a second’s notice.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/us/08rock.html?ref=us
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Badlands National Park News:
Sylvatic Plague detected in Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park official are encouraging visitors to use common-sense safety precautions around wildlife in the park, following the confirmation of sylvatic plague and tularemia among park prairie dogs.
http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2009/07/07/news/top/doc4a53c92aed7b7743506100.txt
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Big Bend National Park News:
Big Bend National Park Announces Summer Fee Free Weekends 7/6/09
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar has announced that the National Park Service will offer three fee-free weekends this summer to encourage Americans seeking affordable vacations to visit these national treasures.
http://www.cbs7kosa.com/news/details.asp?ID=13362
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Denali National Park News:
National Labor Relations Board to investigate Denali strikers' claims (David, perhaps you may know something about this?)
The National Labor Relations Board has sent an investigator to Denali National Park and Preserve to look into a claim that Doyon/ARAMARK J.V. threatened to fire employees if they went on strike.
http://newsminer.com/news/2009/jul/07/national-labor-relations-board-investigate-denali-/
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Olympic National Park News:
Coast Guard Hoists Injured Hiker From Olympic National Park
The U.S. Coast Guard evacuated an injured hiker Tuesday afternoon near Lake Ozette in Olympic National Park, reported KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.
http://www.kirotv.com/news/19985217/detail.html
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Outside the US/Canadian Park System:
Climbers may be barred from Australia's famed rock
Climbing Uluru, Australia's famous red sandstone monolith, may be banned in the future under a plan released Wednesday by the national parks service, citing cultural, safety and environmental reasons.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jqkj0ZMSWKWV_y1UH67iRpllJGVwD99A73U00
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Woman rescued after falling into river in Rocky Mountain National Park
Monday morning, a 54-year-old woman from Enid, Okla., was posing for a photograph next to Glacier Creek along Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park when she slipped and fell and was swept 15 to 20 yards downstream. She was able to pull herself up on a rock and hold on to a shrub. Her husband drove to Moraine Park Visitor Center to get help.
http://www.skyhidailynews.com/article/20090706/NEWS/907069995/1067
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Yellowstone National Park News:
June visits to Yellowstone set record
Visitors flocked to Yellowstone National Park in June, propelling the park to its busiest January-June period on record, according to numbers released Tuesday.
http://www.mercurynews.com/travel/ci_12772367
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Yosemite National Park News:
Crews make gains on 2 fires burning in Yosemite
Nearly 500 firefighters have all but put out two lightning-sparked wildfires that caused trail closures and obscured views inside Yosemite National Park over the holiday weekend.
http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_12762123
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#23861 - 07/09/09 09:27 PM Thurs 07/09/09 National Park News [Re: James Morrissey]
James Morrissey Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Glacier National Park News:
In Glacier, No Trail Left Untouched
In Glacier, No Trail Left UntouchedNothing can stop these gentlemen from conquering the mountaintops. Not snow nor water. Not blindness nor heart attacks.
http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/in_glacier_no_trail_left_untouched/11598/
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Expanded store planned for Cades Cove campground
A modest expansion of the Cades Cove Campground store in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is in the works.
http://www.thedailytimes.com/article/20090709/NEWS/907089982
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Joshua Tree National Park News:
Bee swarm closes national park campground
Joshua Tree National Superintendent Curt Sauer on Wednesday, July 8 ordered Jumbo Rocks Campground closed temporarily due to safety concerns raised by the presence of swarming bees, park Chief of Interpretation Joe Zarki said in a press release.
http://www.hidesertstar.com/articles/2009/07/08/breaking_news/doc4a55535fb72bd114295805.txt
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Mount Rushmore National Park News:
Greenpeace Activists Arrested After Draping Banner on Mount Rushmore
Greenpeace activists draped an enormous banner next to the carved stone faces of Mount Rushmore today, calling for more-aggressive action to fight climate change.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/08/AR2009070802246.html
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Sequoia National Park News:
Sequoia National Park offers guided lantern tours
Lantern tours of the General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park are being offered throughout the months of July and August, organizers announced.
http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/article/20090709/NEWS01/907090322/1002
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Yellowstone National Park News:
One million travel through YNP gates
2009 Numbers holding steady in Park County
After the first four months of 2009 showed dismal visitor numbers in Yellowstone Park, tourism rebounded in May and June to push the total number of visitors to the park so far this year above the 1 million mark, topping the previous January-June record set in 2007.
http://powelltribune.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1567&Itemid=2
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Zion National Park News:
Fire closes part of West Rim Trail in Zion National Park
The West Rim Trail from Lava Point to Potato Hollow in Zion National Park has been temporarily closed because a lighting-sparked fire is burning nearby.
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_12783232
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#23862 - 07/11/09 03:52 AM Fri 7/10/09 National Park News [Re: James Morrissey]
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Best epic day hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
While the rest of the country sits around waiting for their two free weekends to the National Parks, why not take a trip to the nearby, and always free Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
http://www.examiner.com/x-10310-Atlanta-...s-National-Park
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Yellowstone National Park News:
Mont. declared free of livestock disease
Export restrictions on Montana's billion-dollar cattle industry are to be lifted on Friday after federal officials declared the state once again free of the livestock disease brucellosis.
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/07/09/ap6638693.html
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Yosemite National Park News:
Oh, Ranger! Why is Yosemite National Park in flames?
Yosemite Valley, with its polished granite domes, chiseled ridges, towering waterfalls and alpine meadows, “Is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” (Ansel Adams)
http://www.examiner.com/x-12879-LA-RVing...-Park-in-flames
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